Tobacco Smoke: A Vicious Oxygen Robber
Tobacco smoke steals oxygen and injures tissues
on a larger scale than any other environmental
hazard. Yes, it causes cancer but in robbing oxygen
it injures all cell populations in many ways.
Tobacco smoking is not new. It was burned and vapors
inhaled or chewed as early as 5000–3000 BC. The
origin of such use is likely to be rooted in the
practice of burning it for incense during religious
rituals. It was introduced to Europe and Asia in the
late 16th century.
German scientists recognized the
tobacco-cancer link in the late 1920s. It resulted
in the first anti-smoking campaign in recent times.
I look at this health hazard through the prism of
oxygen homeostasis which, in my view, provides a far
deeper look at the health issues related to it.
2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
asserted that the cost of each pack of cigarettes
sold in the United States was more than $7 in
medical care and lost productivity. A different
study put it as high as $41 per pack. How much does
it cost with hazards of passive (secondary) exposure
The risk of all types of cancer
is increased by tobacco since it robs oxygen and the
primary cause of cancer is lack of oxygen (see
Oxygen Model of cancer for full description). As for
lungs and the mouth, there is an estimated 30 % or
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* The mouth burns.
* The lungs choke, sear and
* The esophagus inflames.
* The stomach ulcerates .
* The blood poisons.
* The arteries tighten and then
* The heart races and tires.
* The platelet become sticky.
* The fats trans.
* The brain suffocates.
* The body ages prematurely.
Lifestyle of smokers often keeps
them dehydrated. Smoking and dehydration fan each
other’s oxidative stress and acidity. So here is a
suggestion: Drink at least one glass of fluid for
every cigarette smoked, more if you also grink
coffee when you smoke.
Half-life of nicotine is two
hours. It means 50 % of nicotine is still present in
the smoker's body two hours after he stops smoking,
and 25 % of the original amount is present in the
body four hours after he stops smoking. Just
something for smokers to remember.